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Posted on 11/10/2013 10:08:57 AM PST by Hilda
Business leaders are plotting to take down Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as part of a broader effort to punish lawmakers over the government shutdown.
In a letter obtained by The Hill, prominent Michigan donors request financial backing for Amashs primary challenger, Brian Ellis. Seven individuals, including prominent Michigan businessmen Mark Bissell, J.C. Huizenga and Mike Jandernoa, signed the fundraising plea.
They argue that Amash and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.
[Amash] and a small group of like-minded legislators rejected Speaker Boehners plea to pass legislation requiring Congress and the president be subject to ObamaCare, and put on hold the special new tax on medical equipment. This irresponsible action hurt over 50 great West Michigan businesses and was part of the chaos that led the nation to the edge of default, the letter says.
The letter was printed on Elliss campaign stationery.
These are folks Ive known for a long time, and theyre excited about my candidacy, Ellis told The Hill.
Ellis said his supporters have expressed frustration with the conservative wing of the GOP and the shutdown strategy.
To a large degree, theyre not happy with the faction that my opponent represents, he said.
I'm hearing it from everybody. [The shutdown was] no way to run a country. It's no way to govern.
Amash is among a rebel bloc of House Republicans who pushed Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to make stand on ObamaCare in the fight over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.
The tactic infuriated business groups, several of which have threatened to enter into GOP primaries in order to defeat hardliners in the GOP.
Amash has also been a thorn in the side of leadership, and was one of a handful of Republicans who orchestrated a failed attempt to oust Boehner earlier this year.
Conservative groups are aware of the challenge to Amash, are pledging to match the business community punch-for-punch to defend one of their champions in Congress.
Hes the gold standard of principled constitutionalism in Congress, said Dean Clancy, the vice president of public policy at FreedomWorks.
We have heard that the K-Street establishment wants to knock him off and we intend to defend him punch-for-punch.
An aide to Amashs congressional campaign said the letters signatories dont speak for the Grand Rapids business community, and noted that the congressman has substantial business support.
Executives at direct-selling giant Amway, for example, are backing Amash.
The Amash campaign shared with The Hill a letter from Doug DeVos, Amways president, calling on donors to support the lawmaker. In addition, Steve Van Andel, Amways chairman who also chairs the U.S. Chamber of Commerces board of directors, has already contributed the maximum $5,200 allowed to Amashs campaign for the 2014 election cycle.
The National Federation of Independent Business previously endorsed Amash, and a spokesman for the group said while it hadnt made a decision on the race this cycle, the group wouldnt endorse his opponent because Amash has had such a strong record on the groups issues in Congress.
The Amash aide also defended the lawmakers record, noting that during the shutdown fight, Amash only defied GOP leadership on the final deal that reopened the government and lifted the debt ceiling.
Still, Michigans 3rd District appears to be another front in the battle between the Tea Party and business wings of the party, which is being fought on the local level.
Last week, business groups helped Rep.-elect Bradley Byrne triumph over the Tea Tea-Party-backed Dean Young in a special election in Alabamas 1st district.
The win has energized business leaders, who say they are now looking to engage in other races.
Byrne received significant support from local business groups and leaders, like the local arm of the National Retail Federation (NRF), which launched a get-out-the-vote effort on his behalf.
Stephen Schatz, spokesman for the NRF, said the group is planning to recreate that engagement on the local level elsewhere.
I think our goal with the retail community is to plug our folks into some of these races more aggressively than in the past, and not take it for granted that people are going to make the right policy choices, he said.
But grassroots groups are pledging to fight back. FreedomWorks didnt endorse in the Alabama race, but Clancy said that the takeaway from that election should be that corporate America is scared of the grassroots.
Lenin was right. They'd sell Obama the rope to hang themselves with.
Lord, how can we go after the Democrats when we have to keep watching our backside from the constant RINO attacks.
The big banks will fund them with our tax dollars to kill us.
"By their fruits ye will know them"..... These people support left wing policies, and verbally claim to be conservatives at the same time. Their actions speak louder than their words.
The GOPe and business (because of their desire for Amnesty and a never-ending supply of cheap labor) are AT WAR with the Republican base.
Is it possible to keep a list of Senators and Representatives that are worthy of our support in each state? Generally you only know about your state and other high profile states. If you are like me you are NOT going to donate to the GOP, so we need an idea of the best place to put our money.
I have business in northern MI
I am going to send this young fella some campaign money
Unless MI posters warn otherwise
If they want to open a hundred new fronts in this war, I say we open a thousand.
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Oh please. Nobody cares about the stupid shutdown. People care about the new health insurance costs that are throwing them into the poor house! People are losing everything, and this idiot is worried about 2 weeks worth of paid vacations in Washington????
Man, is this guy out of touch!!!
The Chamber of Commerce has become Big Government socialists, supporting Obamacare so they can dump their employee health insurance costs onto the taxpayer, and supporting immigration “reform” so they can benefit from cheap labor, legally for a change.
The establishment party is not our friend, people. They’re in bed with the democrats.
The GOPe needs to be taught that the Tea Party is NOT going away!
I have a simple strategy, intended to infuse CONSERVATISM, without risking Political Suicide.
FUND ONLY TRUE CONSERVATIVES throughout the Primary elections and the General elections. (If the GOPe in your District or State wins the Primary, go ahead and VOTE for him/her, BUT, SEND MONEY TO THE CONSERVATIVES IN OTHER DISTRICTS AND STATES.
The country is too close to destruction to refuse to vote GOP or play the 3rd party game.
When I pointed out that he was not even in the House at that time she responded, "Well he did something!"
Thankfully she is not in his district.
I have seen nothing from him or his actions to sway my support.
Even when he votes for or against something contentious, he explains the real details of what was in a Bill to base his vote, and it is usually the crap snuck into a bill that isn't publicized that determine how he votes.
I would say that he is one of the few who actually read and know what is in a bill before voting on it.
None of them are perfect but we’ve got a few 90 percenters in Michigan and that’s good enough.
I’m wondering where Joe Schwarz plays into all this. You know he’s out there somewhere bashing conservatives. Dumbass has never recovered from being pushed out of office by “extremist” Walberg.
But the most urgent thing is to make sure that no Replublican "moderate" EVER wins another election. That means an absolute boycott by the conservative base, without exception.
Only when the RINO GOP-e completely collapses will we be in a position to constructively fight the Democrats left and restore America's core values.